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X-Bomber is a a fast, modern vertical-scrolling spaceshooter for Windows.

It is based on the Japanese sci-fi TV series; Star Fleet and features lots of arcade action, weapons and explosions.

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v0.83h - Upcoming Version

2015.04.11     Comment icon 0 

- Progress Mission 16.
- Check underwater weapons.
* Joystick/gamepad button mapping * - (50% done)
- Rebuild Mission 8. - Engine glow and afterburn for Booster Packs
* Improve mission 15 battlecruiser. * - (20% done)

- DRAGOON weapon improved
- Power-up glow
- Boss 5 graphics improved
- Lack of power-up bunkers in mission 3 fixed

Soft82 Award

2015.03.24     Comment icon 0 


I received an award for X-Bomber v0.38g out of the blue - Good to know people are playing it.

Apology: I had a lot of broadband issues at the end of last week which garbled the initial upload of v0.83g and triggered quite a few emails.
Many thanks for these, I had re-downloaded the original file and was satisfied that it opened but when you tested it in 7Zip, you could see that the exe file was corrupted.
I reuploaded the file on Sunday and sent that across to ModDB/Indie DB. I woulda had it upped earlier but the broadband went out for over about 36hrs.

In other news: I'm working on something a bit ambitious for v0.83h but I'll be happy with it when it's done.
The 'proof of concept' lets you map the Airstrike key to any key on the keyboard or any button on a game controller.
I'm thinking of reducing the number of controls too. Rather than pressing a specific button to transform, you'd just hold down Select.

X-Bomber v0.83g - New Version

2015.03.19     Comment icon 0 

Guest Ally: Impala Star Cruiser (credit: Brad Smith)

- GunBoy special weapon improved - More than 8 can be deployed.
- WingMan movement logic improved - ADEN Cannon now equally effective against all enemies

- Lighting overlay improved and colour-coded full-screen glow displayed when collecting power-ups
- Shields, afterburners and plasma missiles improved
- Variable engine glow

- Background scrolling logic improved
- Player speed handicap added to allow engine-disabling enemy weapons
- Airstrike logic simplified and improved - Tap A to summon Airstrike. Hold A to summon F-Zero One.

EDF Fighter and Underwater Weapons Write-up

2015.03.13     Comment icon 0 

- Added some detail on the EDF Fighters and Underwater Weapons to Help.

I fitted a WD 6TB hard disk to my desktop rig this week to avert my impending storage crisis. That brings the machine up to about 15TB. Hopefully that should keep me going for another year.

When I built Krystal, I put a Sony DVD-RW in it. I don't seem to have much luck with Sony products and this wasn't much of an exception.
It would make a noise like a jet engine when used and seemed to make errors when reading and writing.
The Samsung I replaced it with seems to behave.

XBox One controller - Wireless for PC in 2015

2015.03.07     Comment icon 0 

... for anyone wanting to use their Xbox One controller to play X-Bomber or anything on their PC wirelessly

Microsoft are releasing a wireless receiver, allowing you to do just this.

They released a wireless adapter for using the Xbox 360 controller with Windows but it's taken them over a year to give us a way to use the Xbox One controller with the PC other than plugging it into the USB subsystem:

GDC 2015: Microsoft Releasing Adapter to Let You Use Xbox One Controllers on PC

The Xbox One controller is really brilliant to use with X-Bomber. I'm planning on configuring the game so that you can trigger all game functions from the controller.

Star Trek: Voyager - Aeroshuttle Test Footage

2015.03.04     Comment icon 0 

Voyager Aeroshuttle

The Aeroshuttle is one of those things about Voyager that became famous among fans by its absence from the show.

You can see from the underside of the Voyager ship that there is supposed to be some kind of support craft set into the hull and it is described in the Voyager Technical Manual that was issued initially to the series' storywriters.

I didn't imagine that any footage was shot of it for the series, rather that the images of it had been dreamed up after the show was made as a way of apologising for not featuring it but I was wrong:

Star Trek: Voyager - Aeroshuttle test (Foundation Imaging) - Youtube

SFXB Forum Back Online

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Thunder in Paradise

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X-Bomber Side-story - Rain Song

2015.01.20     Comment icon 0 

Reading Vanessa's brilliant Star Fleet prequel; Rise of the Alliance got me writing my side-story to X-Bomber.
I've been thinking about it for a long time to expand on what the game shows you.
In the fullness of time, I'm thinking of building the narrative into the game in the way that Zone 66 did.
I always found that an effective way of working the story into the game, rather than creating cutscenes on the limited budget of most games of that time that wouldn't have really done the story justice.

I've puzzled for a long time what would be the best format for cutscenes in the game. I wondered whether it would be best to sketch the characters, ships etc. then edit them in photoshop and lastly manipulate them in the game's runtime.
Somehow, I could never picture that working quite the way I wanted.
It probably would have clashed with the style of the sprites anyway.

So, what I have in-mind now is a shoot-em-up with a lot of heavily-illustrated narrative between missions.

Anyway, here's Chapter 1

Enemy Weapon - Smart Missile

2014.12.10     Comment icon 0 

I was happy with my recent changes to the lime-green smart homing missile that bosses 5 and 13 fire.
By contrast, I've never been perfectly happy with the look of the yellow vector laser that bosses 0, 7 and 16 fire that suddenly zig-zags toward the player.

Since the two weapons fulfil similar functions, rather than re-invent the wheel, I programmed a 'yellow mode' into the smart missile that allows it to behave in the same way as the vector laser - only it looks better and means that I can do away with the vector laser object.

By the same virtue, I did away with the ugly blue bullet that only the defence platforms fire in Level 4 by giving the smart missile a cool 'aqua-blue mode' that acts in the same way by following a random and unpredictable path.

This way is much more efficient in terms of objects and looks a lot cooler.

I'm planning a couple of other modes as well:

  1. Lime - Smooth homing / guidance
  2. Yellow - Zig-zag homing
  3. Orange - Spiral
  4. Aqua - Wander / unpredictable
  5. Purple - 90' homing

In any case they will produce a corresponding-coloured explosion on contact with the player or a friendly, causing them about 20 units of damage.

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